March 9, 2009

In Control or Being Controlled?

"You're just like you were ten years ago. You never change!" Have you ever heard that comment directed at you? Do you believe it? This statement could be either very positive or very negative. It all depends on the context of the conversation and the specific tone of voice used. Your primary question today is, am I in control or being controlled by the changes in my environment?

How do you use your time as compared to 5, 10 or 15 years ago? What are you doing today with all the changes in technology, communication not to mention the radical changes happening in our economy that were not part of the horizon 10-15 years ago? Things have changed. Guess what, the way you live your life has changed, whether you like it, hate it, realize it or not.

You are in a process of change that's called life. Sometimes you like the changes, sometimes not. Sometimes you can understand and deal with the changes; sometimes it’s much more difficult. What do you need to remember? You are changing because you are alive. And believe it or not, you can control many of the changes you incur if you understand the change process and stop fighting every step of the way. The human side of change should not be like having okra and boiled squash for dinner. Yuk! It really can be enjoyable.

People become what they think about. They change and direct their lives just as the navigator changes and directs the course of any great ship. People change themselves first on the inside by changing their minds. No one can change your mind for you. Likewise, no one can control your mind unless you relinquish that control to them. The last of the great human freedoms has to be the choice of our response to the stimulus pressed upon us.

You may not always be able to control the changing circumstances around you but you can always control how you think and react to those circumstances. James Allen aptly paraphrased the scripture when he said, "A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts."

The right kind of change begins on the inside, in the mind. When you learn how to operate the control panel (your mind), you begin to take greater control of your life. There are simple methods and a proven program where you can learn how to control your mind and program it in such a way that you stay in control even when times are tumultuous and turbulent.

Your mind holds onto every piece of information that is repeatedly programmed into it. That’s why it’s extremely important that you control and direct the input and purposefully decide what you want to feed it. With the right information fed into it on a consistent daily basis, your mind will believe and act on whatever direction it is given. With disciplined practice your mind can become your greatest ally and friend. Your mind can be the master or the monster of change. It's your decision.

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